I’m back again :-D. Before I get into what’s on my heart to share today, I want to say a huge thank you to all of you that read and commented on the previous post. Each view and comment is a source of encouragement to me which I cherish a lot. So thanks y’all and as much as you can, please let your friends and family in on the blog. It’ll be great to reach even more people.
Alright, so today I want to talk about process from two perspectives; ours and God’s. This was actually what I wanted to talk about yesterday but I guess God took over and did His thing. Back to the topic at hand, I’ll start with process from God’s perspective and segue into our perspective. I recently heard a message where the speaker was comparing the hand of God with the finger of God. The hand of God is God working within the boundaries of nature, time and space to bring about His plan for out lives. The hand of God is often vague and easy to miss if you don’t look out for it. The finger of God on the other hand is God stepping out of the boundaries of the natural to perform what most of us categorize as miracles. A classic example would be God parting the Red Sea with Moses’ staff.
The thing is most of the time, we tend to look out for the finger of God so much that we miss out the hand of God. As a result, we don’t see the things that God is working out for us within the boundaries of the natural and we begin to take things for granted. I’ve made my peace with the fact that God is too secure in Himself to resort to constant “aba-ca-dabra” type theatrics in order to convince me that He has done something great. Don’t get me wrong, when God wants to show Himself “jim-jim”, He can choose to do so but it is of His own volition. I’ve drawn a parallel between the hand of God and the process of God. Often times, God takes us through a process in order to produce certain fruits in us. We often want things quick and easy but the truth is that as humans, we don’t appreciate things that come easily. There are times when I think about the person I am today and who I was two years ago and I marvel at how far I’ve come and how much I’ve grown. That in itself is a miracle but if I didn’t take the time to meditate on this, I would miss it and could actually convince myself that God doesn’t exist or isn’t interested in me because He hasn’t made money drop in from who knows where into my pocket (actually, I honestly believe He has done that a time or two).
My point is this; God is more interested in taking us through His process (which often includes difficult times) to produce fruits in us (such as strength, power, love, patience, a renewed mindset) so that we can be useful tools in the advancement of His kingdom here on earth. He is less interested in making things easier for us. He has a purpose for our lives and is more interested in ensuring that we achieve them than letting us coast through life.We are called to be Kings and Priest here on earth and to do so, we need at recognize that God will take us through several seasons of preparation as we advance to higher levels in life and we need to allow Him have His way in us. So wherever you are in your life now, think back on where you’ve been and assess how far you’ve come. I’m hoping you’ll begin to see the hand of God in your life, taking you through His process; from waking up each day to overcoming an illness, making it through school and getting that good job, breaking up with that guy that was no good for you and finding absolute contentment in Him to meeting the mate He designed specially for you. All these experiences involve going through hard things but I can say from experience that the fruit they produce are more than worthy of the difficulties they entail.
I read a devotional by T.D Jakes yesterday and he spoke about letting God mature us as opposed to comparing ourselves to other Christians as soon as we give our lives to Christ. I really connected with what he was saying because I used to beat myself up about not being a perfect Christian or not being as good as other people who I thought were perfect Christians. Again, I was so engrossed in seeing the finger of God where spiritual maturity is concerned and I was not interested in being patient and allowing the hand of God to do its work. This is how I see the process from our perspective; we have to make peace with the fact that we will not automatically be perfect Christians the moment we decide to live our lives for God. My friend Eloxie once gave me an analogy about the glass full of malt; when you place the glass of malt under a slow flowing faucet of water, you will initially see the dark coloured malt until the water gradually displaces the malt and the liquid in the glass gets clearer and clearer until all the malt had been displaced by clean water. It takes a while for the malt to be displaced and it initially seems like nothing is happening but eventually the glass is full of clean water. So people, never ever compare yourself to other people and try to be like them. Focus on God and key into the process He is currently taking you through (we are all work in progress through process). Ensure that you don’t stay stagnant, keep on moving. You’ll find that God will flood your hearts with peace, you will compare yourself to other people less and your trust in God grows because you know that whatever stage of His process that you are going through at the moment, He is working things out for your good.
“And we know that all things [in the process] work together for good for them that love Him and are called according to His purpose” – Romans 8:28
Now let me just say that I am in no way trying to belittle the finger of God. It’s awesome when God shows Himself in a supernatural way; supernatural healing, speaking in tongues, mysterious rescues and inexplicable revelations. But the same God that provided manna for the Israelites in the wilderness (finger), stopped providing food for them once they reached the promised land and they were able to work the land to get food (hand). It was His decision out of His divine wisdom to do it so. Whether He chooses to use His finger or His hand in a certain situation doesn’t make Him any less God. It is our responsibility to appreciate both His hand and His finger.
That’s it for me today people. Can’t wait to hear your questions and comments. I’m also thinking of easing up on the more heavy stuff; I should have lighter discussion topics coming in soon……like my birthday which is in 9 days ;-).
Stay blessed everyone.